“A lot of my students found it very difficult to catch up and pick up where we left off because they had been out of class for too long during the lockdowns last year,” says Mrs. Korova who teaches grades 3, 4, and 5 English at the Sevese Morea Primary School.
“It’s sad because their brain is young, so to teach them, we first have to capture their attention with a story or a song and then repeat continuously the lessons principles like math formulas or English language rules,” she adds.
Thankfully, Sevese Morea is among 24 schools in Port Moresby, capital city of PNG, that is trialing the “Spark Kit”, a portable solar-powered box packed with tablets containing educational software applications. The tablets help students to catch up on their lessons and improve their learning experience.
“We currently do not have a proper library in the school, so the Spark Kits have helped me with my reading lessons with the young ones. It also helps with preparations for my English lessons with my students,” says Mrs. Korova.
“I really appreciate the fact that the tablet has a built-in voice narrator for each story, and this really helps the student to learn at their own pace on English dictation lessons, and proper pronunciation of words,” she adds.